Rituals & Routines


One of my favourite things to do is take my dog on a long walk and listen to a podcast.  I always look forward to Wednesdays walk, as Happier with Gretchen Rubin comes out. I’ve been listening to the Happier from the very beginning and it does always make my day a little bit happier.

Last year Gretchen and, her co-host and sister, Liz created a 18 in 2018, a list of things they wanted to accomplish in 2018. Many listeners, including me, joined in. On Wednesday they revealed their 19 in 2019 lists (or 9 in Liz’s case) and invited listeners to join in again.

It took me a while to create my list, but I realised many of my goals for the year centre around creating some rituals and routines. Our family moves regularly, due to my husband’s job, and while I love this aspect of my life and feel so fortune to experience life in different countries, it does have some downsides.

One of these is the loss of yearly rituals and routines. In Canada January meant snow and skiing. Every Saturday we would pack up the car and head to the ski slopes, then enjoy hot chocolate and poutine before coming home and snuggling up in front of the fire to watch a film. I’m finding I miss this Saturday routine and need to replace it with a Parisian one.

We do, of course, have out own rituals, that we take with us to what ever country we happen to be in. We always have pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, we always celebrate Independence Day (as my son was born in the USA), Halloween is a big celebration, and I always make devilled eggs as the start of the summer. The last day of the summer holidays is my son’s choice day, we do whatever he wants (within reason!). I always make a photo album of the year that’s gone and I’ve kept a one line diary for the past five years (a routine that has made me immensely happy). Since getting my Nespresso machine I’ve been enjoying a cup of coffee at 10.30 every morning, while gazing out the window. A ritual I’m keen to keep up, as it’s a lovely mirco break in the day.

I’d like to create a few more routines and rituals in our daily lives though. I think they add a sense of security and depth to life. Some will just be for while we’re in Paris (visiting Notre Dame to see the Christmas tree, the back to school picnic) and some I want to take with us when we move.

What rituals and routines do you have in your life?

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